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East Midlands Branch Butterfly Conservation

Wall Lasiommata megera


The Wall has shown a dramatic decline in recent years, and although faring better in coastal regions, it has almost disappeared from central and eastern England. Records for the East Midlands have been very poor during the last few years. It prefers hot, sun-baked ground, and inland it is found on rugged open terrain, unimproved grassland, wasteland and in abandoned quarries.


The Wall could be mistaken for a fritillary due to its colouration but is distinguishable by its bright eyespots and its characteristic dancing flight.

Flight times

There are normally 2 broods, ranging from May to June and July to September.

Food plants

Eggs are laid singly a wide variety of grasses such as Cock's-foot, Yorkshire Fog and Tor-grass.

Wall - © Simon Jenkins  picture of Wall butterfly

Distribution Maps for the East Midlands Region

Wall distribution map 2010
2010 Summary
No of tetrads 57
First sighting 15/05/2010
Last sighting 04/09/2010
Wall distribution map 2011
2011 Summary
No of tetrads 47
First sighting 24/04/2011
Last sighting 28/09/2011
Wall distribution map 2012
2012 Summary
No of tetrads 45
First sighting 06/05/2012
Last sighting 18/09/2012
Wall distribution map 2013
2013 Summary
No of tetrads 60
First sighting 31/05/2013
Last sighting 06/10/2013
Wall distribution map 2014
2014 Summary
No of tetrads 88
First sighting 01/05/2014
Last sighting 02/10/2014
Wall distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 70
First sighting 13/05/2015
Last sighting 12/10/2015
Wall distribution map 2005-09

Combined records for the five year period 2005-09

Wall distribution map 2010-14

Combined records for the five year period 2010-14

Wall distribution map comparison of 2005-09 & 2010-14

Comparison of years 2005-09 & 2010-14

There has been a significant decrease during this ten year period, particularly from south and east Derbyshire, the stronghold remaining largely in the High Peak.


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Wall © Richard Jeffery


Wall © Simon Jenkins


Wall © Richard Jeffery


Wall © Simon Jenkins

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